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October 28, 2022 7Artisans Spectrum 85mm T2 Cine Lens Review

I’ve previously spent time reviewing 5 different 7Artisans lenses, most all of them relatively inexpensive manual-everything lenses designed for APS-C and smaller sensors.  But recently the company reached out to me and asked about the possibility of my reviewing a very different kind of lens from them – the higher end [Read more...]

October 25, 2022 Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 APO Review

A little over a year ago I spent some time with my first Laowa Argus lens.  The Argus series is a more premium line of prime lenses that to this point have all had the extreme maximum aperture of F0.95.  That lens, the Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95, proved an interesting lens with a dual personality […] [Read more...]

October 17, 2022 Tamron 20-40mm F2.8 VXD (A062) Review

Japanese lensmaker Tamron has had an epiphany:  rather than just produce less expensive alternatives to first party lenses they could instead forge their own path and open up new market share for themselves by thinking outside the box.  Tamron has made a lot of headlines (and sales) by tackling non-traditional focal ra [Read more...]

October 16, 2022 Tamron 20-40mm F2.8 VXD Image Gallery

Japanese lensmaker Tamron has had an epiphany:  rather than just produce less expensive alternatives to first party lenses they could instead forge their own path and open up new market share for themselves by thinking outside the box.  Tamron has made a lot of headlines (and sales) by tackling non-traditional focal ra [Read more...]

October 10, 2022 Brightin Star 16mm F2.8 Review (M-Mount via Techart)

Brightin Star is one of many startup lens companies that is trying to make a name for themselves.  I’ve reviewed a couple of their lenses previously, starting with a budget wide angle 12mm F2 for APS-C (my review here) and then a full frame 50mm F0.95 (my review here).  Two different extremes, obviously.  Wh [Read more...]

October 3, 2022 Canon RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

The Canon RF-S 18-150mm IS STM lens is one of two newly announced lenses that will serve as the “kit” lenses for Canon’s first APS-C cameras that utilize the RF mount.  The 18-150mm is the more premium of the two, while the 18-45mm IS STM is the more compact.  I tested the 18-150mm as a […] [Read more...]

September 26, 2022 Canon EOS R7 Review

The new Canon EOS R7 is an important addition to Canon’s mirrorless lineup for multiple reasons.  First of all it (along with the simultaneously releases R10) help bring APS-C to the Canon RF mount, where lenses like the new 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM (which I simultaneously reviewed) will carry the designation RF-S.  [Read more...]

September 22, 2022 Laowa 58mm F2.8 APO 2x Macro Review

It was just a few months back that Laowa built on the foundation of the excellent Laowa 100mm F2.8 APO 2x Macro with a new and improved lens specifically designed for mirrorless mounts in the form of the Laowa 90mm F2.8 APO 2x Macro (which I reviewed here).  Because it was designed for mirrorless cameras […] [Read more...]